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Atlanta aggressively shopping 8th, 10th pick to move up in NBA Draft, potentially to No. 4

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The Atlanta Hawks are aggressively shopping their eighth and 10th overall picks in the upcoming NBA Draft, looking to move up to the board, potentially as high as the No. 4 pick, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.

The Hawks’ offer to the New York Knicks for the No. 3 pick was apparently rebuffed.

The New Orleans Pelicans, who have been looking for ways to trade the rights to their No. 4 overall pick, are considering the possibility of trading it for the pair of picks the Hawks are offering.

Pelicans vice-president David Griffin has been aggressive this summer, first asking for a king’s ransom in return for Anthony Davis, and now that he’s traded him, he’s looking to wheel and deal again, getting even more assets to quickly build his new-look team around consensus No. 1 selection Zion Williamson.

Williamson’s former teammate RJ Barrett is likely to be gone by the time the Pelicans are up with the fourth pick, and while they have explored trading up to No. 2 — it could prove a price that is simply too costly to pay after getting a large future return for Davis.

The Hawks are likely looking to dig themselves out of a guard-heavy bottom of the top-10 and instead draft two talented wings after trading Taurean Prince earlier this month.

Players like Duke’s Cam Reddish, UNC’s Nassir Little, Kentucky’s PJ Washington and Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura are available at that range, along with any other talent that could slip down the board.

Having the bread portion of the top-1o’s bottom sandwich could be a great asset for the Hawks, and one they will continue to pursue in search of the right talent to build this team.